Such men are being loved by such women as Nasta…

Like any true love, this story was also written somewhere.

Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Song of Solomon, 8:6

He was about 14 years old – an age that in accordance with the Belarusian Criminal Code is considered as having limited legal liability. It was a time when Lukashenko began to rule Belarus.

The television broadcasted the presidential inauguration, the country celebrated the start of Lukashenko’s government that would last for the next 18 years. And he, the only child in the family, spent his birthday away from home, with his friends, with whom he was hanging out on streets. The time will pass, he will mark his 18th birthday, and he will spent many of his birthdays behind the bars, once in Shklov, then in Gorki, and in Glubokoje – after all, he wants to be free, even in prison.

The same year, 1994, she was running barefoot around a table, but her birthday, August 2, that falls a week after the announcement of the Declaration of Independence and on the Paratroopers Day, and the corresponding zodiac sign and a name, which means “Resurrection” – it all left no doubt. We witness growing of lioness, a Spetsnaz in a skirt, ready to open sky for heavy rains (…)

He, a street soldier with a Robin Hood heart, abandoned university, came to Minsk to fight against the regime – and challenged to a duel everyone who would dare to say that he is not able to change the world here and now.

If you think that at this point there appeared passion, and that late in the evening after a meeting in the office of “Young Front” it was possible to silently cover curtains – it means that you do not know anything about the Young Front, or about our heroes and their true love.

Generally, stories of happy romances between members of Young Front sometimes are better than the story of Zyvie Belarus. Let us just mention Viesna’s lawyer  Valentin Stefanovich and the founder of the Alina Szalin, editor of the Journal of Youth Tsimafei Dranchuk and Komsomol journalist Ola Antipowich, a virtuoso programmer Alieksiej Chernyaev and charismatic president of a NGO Aliona Wolyniec, and a political prisoner and poet Ales Kirkievich, who was  detained a few days before the wedding with Nadezhda Krapivna.

But Dashkievich + Palazhanka love story, their passion and drama can only be compared to relationship of  Barbara Radziwiłł, who secretly married the king Sigismund II August, or with the love of Konstanty Kalinowski and Mary.

Zmitser was popular, a number of girls was interested in him. He is a member of the well-known noble family, from which descend such personalities as the governor Eustace Dashkievich and Vladimir Dashkevich a composer, who wrote the music for “Scherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson” and “Canine Heart.”  A brunette, stylish Nasta, was surrounded by a hundreds of good-looking, well-off men, dressed with taste. Restless, bold and stubborn Zmitser and little Nasta, stubborn, strong “Iron Lady.” Both, outstanding leaders. They were to clash in Young Front.

There was all, his coat that she was given on a police station when arrested were put into cells, and the morning on the roof, where they raised the white-red-white flag, and  screams “City is Ours!,” and political differences to wear out each other’s throats, and parched lips that fell silent in mid-sentence and even unexpected gap in views.

Delicacy. Jealousy. Resentments. Forgiveness.

Zmitser who served a total of six months, was sentenced in 2006 to one and a half years  for leading unregistered organization “Young Front”, then he is transferred to another prison where he looks into the eyes of investigator who with a wry smile tells him about Nasta.

Nasta is a student of political science, a deputy chair of the Young Front, in 2007, she was convicted under the Article 193.1. She was kidnapped and taken to the detention center, where they gave her to read aggraviating evidence concerning Zmitser.

(…) Love is when you are ready to devote yourself to burn out only to remain worthy of your beloved.

Zmitser does not want to sit quietly and obey, he does not follow unlawful orders, and refuses to submit to the prison administration. He knows that his disobedience may lead to the longer imprisonment and may delay his meeting with the beloved. Such men are being loved by such women as Nasta.

One can only guess how her heart is bleeding, but the young girl wipes tears that no one has seen and meets again with a lawyer, writes endless complaints, conducts solidarity marathon, every day she calls to human rights activists, runs “Young Front” – and writes and writes letters to Zmitser.

Will they be delivered? Or maybe he is again being kept in solitary confinement, where the correspondence is not allowed? …

When Zmitser served his sentence, Nasta was twice arrested for publicly expressing solidarity with him.

Out of the eight years of their acquaintance, they have spent four years on different sides of the prison wall.

Dashkievich, innocent but accused, reviled and condemned, carries his cross. As Christ. (…)

As long as I live such hearts as have Zmitser and Nasta, everyone, hear everyone will fail to overcome the God in Belarusians.


Paval Sieviarynets, Kuplin

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